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Tale of a Town tells stories of County’s Main Streets

Chelsea Reisz and Nick Di Gaetano in Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County  Photo by Johnny C Y Lam

Chelsea Reisz, Nick Di Gaetano and Kelsey Dann bring stories to life in Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County
Photo by Johnny C Y Lam

There was no mention of “upstreet” or “downstreet” but the opening night of Tale of a Town unwound a humourous, with a dash of sentimental, collective of memories of from the County’s Main Streets.

The Festival Players launched its 10th summer season in the County at Mt Tabor Tuesday night with the co-production between the Players and Fixt Point Arts and Media.

Live theatre mixed with video and plenty of audio from County residents includes tales from unique local voices including Margaret Haylock Capon, Steve Campbell, Robert Quaiff, Phil Ainsworth, Peter Lockyer, Frank and Arlene Wright and Dorothy Fraleigh.

Their stories and tales were gathered in the County last summer. Fixt Point has been touring the nation to capture memories of main streets one story at a time, to lead up to Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Each reveals a telling tale about Canada’s disappearing downtown culture.

The show continues to July 17 at the Mt Tabor Playhouse in Milford.

Thursday July 7 – 2:00 PM – Matinée
Thursday July 7 – 8:00 PM
Friday July 8 – 8:00 PM – PWYC
Saturday July 9 – 8:00 PM
Sunday July 10 – 2:00 PM – Matinée
Wednesday July 13 – 8:00 PM
Thursday July 14 – 2:00 PM – Matinée
Thursday July 14 – 8:00 PM
Friday July 15 – 8:00 PM
Saturday July 16 – 8:00 PM
Sunday July 17 – 2:00 PM – Matinée

Festival Players 2016Tickets to Festival Players’ 10th Anniversary Season are available online at and at their box office at Books & Company. 4-pack holders are encouraged to redeem their tickets to avoid disappointment as some shows that have limited seating.


This year’s Festival includes:

Festival-Tale-of-a-TownTale of a Town: Prince Edward County will run July 6 – 17 at Mt Tabor Playhouse. The Festival Players Young Company joins Fixt Point as they explore stories collected in 2015, building an all-new stage production by, for, and about The County.

Human-LibraryHuman Library, running July 8, 9 and 15, 16, is a unique, interactive experience, like an in-person choose-your-own-adventure, meant to fill up your heart and your mind, challenging preconceptions and broadening your understanding of the full breadth of the human experience.

Festival-solofestsoloFest (See detail of shows by clicking below) returns for a second year and will showcase an award-winning collection of extraordinary solo work scheduled for July 20 – 30. 8 diverse, outstanding shows over 10 days!

Get your fill!

Festival-SplinterAugust will feature the world-premiere of David Carley’s stage adaptation of A Splinter in the Heart, based on the novel originally penned by local poet Al Purdy. Performed under the Grand Tent at Rosehall Run, A Splinter in the Heart runs Aug 3 – 21. A little-known piece of Canadian wartime history, brought vividly to life.


Festival-Sounding-GroundThroughout the season you can experience Sounding Ground, a series of five audio plays that will have you embarking on a walking journey around town. It’s Picton as you’ve never seen (heard) it before. Visit the box office at Books & Company for details.

Visit the Festival Players website for more details and tickets!


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